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Get in Gear: Heart Rate Monitor

OK so after playing around in the Fit's Calculator, you've figured out that you don't like taking your heart rate manually -- Too much work involved.

You've probably seen other people sporting their heart rate monitor watches at the gym but are you a little intimidated by them? It seems a little scary to go to the store and buy your own, especially when you may have no idea what you are getting yourself into.

The term Heart Rate Monitor sounds like it is straight out of the hospital, complete with suction cups leading to wires stuck all over your body. But most heart rate monitors are just a non-conspicuous (and wireless) strap that you put around your upper body (just below your breast line). It tracks your heart and sends the information to your watch or the machine your are using. Almost all newer cardio machines will read the signal as well. No more awkwardly holding on to the sensors while you are running on the treadmill.

For a good starter watch, I love the Polar SF3 ($69.95). It does everything a normal watch does and reads your heart rate. The watch comes with the strap and does not have all the bells and whistles some HRM watches come with, so it's easy to get started. Buy it here.

Want to know what your Target Heart Rate is, then go to Fit's Calculator!

Fit's Tip: Tracking your heart rate is a great way to really get the most out of your work out.

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